NHS programme of reform

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Å’The NHS Plan: A Plan for Investment. A Plan for Reform¹, which was published at the end of July, intends to create an NHS in which the patient is the most important person. In the future, care and treatment will be redesigned around their needs, at their convenience, according to Health Secretary Alan Milburn. The major areas of reform in the NHS Plan are: – investment in NHS facilities including 7,000 extra beds and 100 new hospital schemes between 2000 and 2010, to be funded by the historic extra resources announced in the Budget (6.3% annual real terms growth); – investment in NHS staff including 7,500 more consultants, 2,000 new GPs, 20,000 more nurses and over 6,500 extra health professionals; – changed systems for the NHS including a new NHS Modernisation Agency and a National Performance Fund worth 500 million pounds by 2003/4. Also a National Independent Panel to advise on major hospital changes; – changes between health and social services including an extra 900 million pounds investment in interm

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